Ecotourism Offers High Hopes to a South Africa Finally Free of Apartheid
South Africa, freed from the Apartheid system that kept all foreign visitors down to a tiny trickle, is now experiencing a huge rebirth of its tourist industry. Last November, E investigated a country determined to put a green foot forward. South Africa’s unique wildlife heritage gives it a distinct advantage, and nearly everyone in the country now recognizes that the advantage will be gone if the last lion is killed as a “pest,” and the last rhino poached for its highly regarded horn. Just as important, of course, is preserving the wild areas that constitute the animals’ habitat.